Graduation and Commencement

Harper Diploma

Please plan to attend the 2017 Graduation Ceremony.

The Commencement Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 11 a.m. 

Commencement speaker: Arne Duncan, former Secretary of Education

The ceremony will include fall 2016 graduates and candidates for spring 2017 and summer 2017 graduation. While we encourage you to participate in the graduation ceremony, attendance is optional.

Students may complete program requirements at the end of fall or spring or summer semesters. However, there is only one Commencement Ceremony, held in May.

Application for Degree or Certificate

Students must submit the Application for Degree or Certificate Completion no later than one week after the mid-term of the semester in which the student intends to receive a degree or certificate. The student's records are reviewed and the student is notified of his or her eligibility to obtain a degree or certificate.

Graduation Regalia

All graduates attending the ceremony must order a cap and gown. The cap, gown and tassel are yours to keep. Order your cap and gown by April 12, 2017 to avoid a late fee.


Official diplomas inscribed with individual names are not given out at the ceremony. You will be notified by mail to pick up your diploma when it has arrived in the Registrar's Office. If you know you will not meet all the requirements for graduation, you must defer participation until all requirements are met.

Official certification of spring graduates will start when all grades are final. Notification of diploma pick-up will be mailed to you in the beginning of July.   

Official certification of summer graduates will begin the first week of August. Notification of diploma pick-up will be mailed to you in late August.

Participation in the commencement ceremony does not automatically confer degrees or certificates. Confirmation of graduation will occur after a review of final course work.